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Mother calls for apology on forced adoptions

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A woman who was forced to give up her baby in the 1960s is calling on the government to make an official apology.

Veronica Smith from Seaford, East Sussex, spent just eight days with her daughter before she was taken away.

About 185,000 women in England and Wales were taken to hostels when pregnant and coerced into giving up their babies in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The government has acknowledged that this was "wrong and should not have happened".


The Violation of Family Life: Adoption of Children of Unmarried Women 1949–1976 – Report Summary


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A time when pragmatism took precedence over other considerations. 

Not an option today, whatever the eventual outcome. 

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